I like to keep my Inbox clear on my iPhone, especially since all my messages also appear in Outlook (I keep that Inbox to one screen without scrolling). It’s always frustrated me when I went from BlackBerry to the iPhone when I could no longer mass delete messages. But, finally, someone has discovered a trick, and I’ve posted the video below.
You’ll want to test all this to make sure it’ll fit your setup, e.g., synching to the cloud. My email is not synched to iCloud, so you may want to test all this.
Do This First
On the iPhone/iPad
You’ll need to change how each email account handles a deleted message.
- Settings, Mail.
- Tap the account you want to work with. Scroll down to Advanced.
- Scroll down to Delete from server, and tap. Then tap When removed from Inbox. Done.
I opted to delete from server once it’s deleted from my Inbox since my messages will still download to Outlook (whether Outlook is open or not), so that’ll work for me.
For Gmail, I went into Settings by clicking the wheel, click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab, and under When messages are accessed with POP, I chose to delete Gmail’s copy. I’ve trashed all email on Gmail online. I never check email there so they had piled up. But now that I’ve changed my settings, that won’t happen anymore.
With Gmail, deleted emails are archived instead of actually deleted. Gmail has option to trash deleted messages but it’s grayed out, so I can only archive. No matter. As long as it’s not flooding my iPhone, I’m good. I guess people who do the paid account will have more options).
From the video below, you’ll click on an email in the Inbox, click Edit, hold down the Move command as you then deselect the message. Then tap Trash. I tried this on individual Inboxes and then All Inboxes. Both worked.
Now my iPhone inbox is as nice and clean as my laptop’s Outlook.
Love, love, love it!
UPDATE: I’m told that the newest iPhone 6 has finally added a way to mass delete. Click Edit, Mark All (at the bottom). I might consider upgrading now.